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File #: 21-0567    Version: 1
Type: report Status: Filed
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 6/8/2021 Final action: 6/8/2021
Title: Reimagining Public Safety Public Engagement Process Update and Launch
Attachments: 1. Project Overview, 2. Project Timeline, 3. Hyperlink
Title
Reimagining Public Safety Public Engagement Process Update and Launch

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
On January 14, 2021, The Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety unanimously approved a public engagement process for Reimagining Public Safety.

City Manager Recommendation:
Receive a briefing on the launch of the public engagement process for Reimagining Public Safety.

Report
Issue:
Whether to receive a briefing on the launch of the public engagement process for Reimagining Public Safety.

Staff Contact:
Stacey Ray, Strategic Planning & Performance Manager, 360.753.8046

Presenter(s):
Stacey Ray, Strategic Planning & Performance Manager
Larry Jefferson, Community Work Group Member

Background and Analysis:
The City Council has heard from the community the need to reduce inequities and bias in Olympia's public safety system, and to create a criminal justice system that works for everyone. In January, the Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety approved a process to reimagine public safety using a community-led approach called Participatory Leadership.

This approach to engaging the public is led by a Community Work Group made of ten community members, who will learn about Olympia's criminal justice system and host a series of community conversations, focus groups, and community surveys to hear from community members about their experiences and perspectives. The Work Group will use what they hear and learn throughout the approximate six-to-seven-month process to deliver to the City Council a definition for what public safety means to Olympians, and goals and recommendations for reimagining a criminal justice system that works for all.

Since January, preparations have been underway to get ready for the launch of this process, including forming the Community Work Group; conducting stakeholder interviews and developing and sharing educational presentations on Olympia's current criminal justice system with the Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety.

The pu...

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